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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Vidar Leathershod Try taking it in context (1350 comments)

Your snippet is too short to give context. Romans 1:18-32 should be followed by Romans 2 for context. It was a letter, and meant to be read in its entirety.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 2:

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
For there is no respect of persons with God.
For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Vidar Leathershod City folk deciding how country folk should live (413 comments)

This study is attempting a purposeful deception. There is another reason for setting up districts this way, which is to curtail the influence of highly concentrated urban populations picking representatives for people whose lives and issues they know nothing about. If you look at the NY statewide election, the only reason Cuomo won re-election was that 3 urban centers overwhelmingly voted for him. Every other county, in a massively large state, voted for the other guy.

Now you could argue that those urbanites are just so much more intelligent than the country folk. Talk to people in NYC and ask them why they voted for Cuomo, despite his self-inflicted corruption scandal. Even his competitor in the primary could have trounced him absent the urban vote.

If it were not for gerrymandered districts, these same lackluster voters would be picking representatives who had no interest in representing those who live anywhere else farther than 20 miles from NYC, Buffalo, or Rochester (and those just barely).

about 2 months ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Vidar Leathershod Re:Tempting (181 comments)

Non-sequitur? He gave money to support a proposition that upheld society's longest existing institution against an onslaught of hyper-liberal hand-wringing. Your ad hominem of homophobe is applied to anyone who happens to agree with the current gay agenda of establishing a protected class with special rights and accommodations.

It is only through the flooding of the airwaves with propaganda and brainwashing of ignorant youth that same sex marriage has gotten the marginal support that it has. Surely it will grow, since the formative years of children are now filled with misinformation campaigns regarding homosexuality and its classification as an inherent trait similar to color or ethnicity that should be celebrated and honored.

In the meantime, there are still many people left who were not recipients of such "special education" and who have respect for the idea of marriage. Everyone has the same inherent right to marry. A male who has reached the age of consent may marry a female who has reached the age of consent, as long as they are not related too closely and meet the other requirement of not having a living spouse (and vice versa). These are not harsh restrictions, and they apply equally to all people. Note that there are no requirements to love one another, though presumably this should be the primary reason why the two would want to be wed.

Eich supporting these normal restrictions, as loose as they are, on marriage is not an act of discrimination.

about 3 months ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Vidar Leathershod Bring back the lever machines (388 comments)

We still use lever machines for school budget voting. They just work, they provide actual privacy, and they are simple to operate.

about 3 months ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

Vidar Leathershod What a crappy of options! - no Pinochle? (274 comments)

Pinochle wipes the floor with the rest of these. There is chance involved (based on the deal), wagering, trump cards, having a partner whose cards you are not fully acquainted with, and various styles of play that have all sorts of good and bad consequences based on all of the above, as well as the opponents style.

about 6 months ago
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World's First Large-Scale Waste-to-Biofuels Facility Opens In Canada

Vidar Leathershod This is not the world's first large scale plant (96 comments)

This was being done in the 1970's, if I am not mistaken. It was called EcoFuel II (tm). It might be the worlds first in terms of this exact process, but there have been plenty of other "garbage to fuel" processes in the past.

about 7 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

Vidar Leathershod Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (335 comments)

I'm actually specifically excluding those to make a point. Take out the athletics. That's right, the horror! Wanna participate in sports? Sign up for Little League, Soccer, etc. on your own. My own children were in Little League, had to buy uniforms (not needed when I was a kid, just a hat and a shirt), and the Little League is not funded by the school. Same for traveling soccer leagues. Gym is called the playground. The teacher is certainly capable of watching the kids do some pushups, sit-ups, and some running. Mix it up if you want.

I counted regular real estate, but the kids don't need an expensive gym. And the total compensation of the teachers at 116,500 includes their retirement.

The only thing that is lacking is admin staff. That is also on purpose. Though, conceivably across those 13 grade levels you can find some money for one super and one secretary. The lack of staff will keep them from getting any spendy ideas, as they will be too busy doing the work they should actually be doing, limited to hiring staff and corresponding.

about 9 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Vidar Leathershod Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (355 comments)

I would disagree. The actual production cost difference was small, but manufacturers wanted to shave pennies, rather than raise the price and worry about the competitor getting placed in stores due to a $1 per thousand unit discount resulting from USB only implementations.

Consumers definitely noticed the slow speed of USB. Think back to when scanners became a desktop reality, before MFPs. USB was 12Mbps, and firewire was 400Mbps. Scanning was atrociously slow over USB. Also, when external hard drives were becoming more common, customers were frustrated at how long it took to transfer even over USB2. And the more you transferred, the slower it got. God forbid you try to use the computer during that time.

No, Firewire was killed by retailers and other penny pinchers. Consumers did not care about $2 on a $1000 computer, or $2 on a $100 scanner.

about 9 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

Vidar Leathershod Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (335 comments)

So you are saying that the 10% of children who might actually have special needs require more than one teacher at any one time? How many more? For example, in our school district, how many more teachers are required to teach the special ed children, assuming the non-special ed teacher has 10 students.

Also, you are obviously not familiar with children with disciplinary problems who get sent to private schools by their parents in an attempt to get them out of their hair. Where do you get your data on prep schools kicking out students for getting C averages?

about 9 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

Vidar Leathershod Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (335 comments)

Here in my upstate NY town, we spend $27,000 per student per year, almost on the nose. I just looked quickly at the cost of prep schools. Rutgers Preparatory was one of the first results from Google. It's yearly tuition is $28,240. They have a little over half of the enrollment of our school district. Tell me again how spending on kids has gone down, and tell me how we are going to improve their education by spending more money?

You could take each class year (90 students per class year), hire 9 teachers, for 10 students per teacher, and get:

a 1 million dollar building (more than what you need, and only need to buy it once every 40 years)
2 full time custodial staff at $90,000 total compensation per custodian
$200,000 yearly maintenance/heat/electric on the building.
and pay those teachers 116,500 per year in total compensation.

Now, if you would like to add some features, go ahead and do so. I think I am being very generous with the million dollar property. After all, you could spend 1 million more each year on property and buildings and still not have an issue excepting increased maintenance costs, and that's just for the kindergarteners. I'm sure you have a much more nuanced understanding of what is needed to educate our children. Why don't you enlighten us further?

about 9 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Vidar Leathershod Re:Wait... wha? (1482 comments)

Who said anything about love? Love and marriage are two separate things. You are demanding that society recognizes a union between two people of the same gender. Something that is biologically incorrect. And as we have seen, those people who demand that recognition will also feel justified in compelling others to provide goods and services to them, when a heterosexual couple can compel no one to do the same thing. They will feel justified in seeking a man's firing in response to that man's expression of his right to political speech and participation, which is otherwise protected by our constitution. In fact, they will go so far as to dig through donation records to seek out individuals to vilify.

You aren't looking for equal rights. You are looking for extra rights. What's really entertaining is that some people worry that legalization of gay marriage will lead to the legalization of polygamy. Funny thing is, polygamy is a lot more natural than a homosexual relationship. This is despite the distasteful behavior of many of its practitioners.

The fact that you or others may or may not be gay is not disgusting. What is disgusting is your blatant trampling of the constitutional rights of others in your attempt to obtain rights which are not due you.

about 10 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Vidar Leathershod Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

This guy's view is shared by the majority of people in the world. No one should change their view just because it's the new cool thing to be a proponent of gay marriage. If you have a logical explanation as to why he should change his view, I would love to hear it. Meanwhile, this woman in the link below was not the least bit crazy, and at one point was going to marry another person who is likely crazy...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Totes normal, brah!

about 10 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Vidar Leathershod Re:Wait... wha? (1482 comments)

Anything heterosexual couples are able to legally do, homosexuals *are* able to do. They can get married to a person of the opposite gender. Equating sexual aberrance with skin color is conflating behavior with the quantity of melanin in the skin.

Whether or not someone feels they are gay, gay today and straight tomorrow, bi, a person trapped in the wrong gender's body, or whatever other problems they may suffer as a result of psychological, chemical, or hormonal influences of excessive soy consumption, it is not appropriate to demand that society provide official approval for the behavior. An obvious exception to this would be inappropriate sexual assignment of hermaphrodites by deviant medical professionals.

Some people are so unintelligent, they cannot imagine that anyone could disagree with their pseudo-enlightened ideals. They think that the government should reign supreme over the beliefs of the citizens it was formed to serve, and nothing they do should ever offend them.

about 10 months ago
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A Look at the Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network

Vidar Leathershod Re:News For Nerds (406 comments)

Mod parent up...

about a year ago
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Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

Vidar Leathershod Re:Not exactly the best and brightest... (274 comments)

I just read some of these. I don't know about the rest, but the Roger Hedgecock article states that the bailiff gave the jury alcohol and pushed for a conviction. After much wrangling and seeming judicial misconduct (judge stating he thought Hedgecock was guilty, and therefore would not release interview transcripts to the defense) the State Supreme Court ruled in Hedgecock's favor. He then plead to a misdemeanor, with *no* retrial.

Thanks for the links, though. Interesting reading.

about a year and a half ago
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OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

Vidar Leathershod Re:Not so Invulnerable now, huh...? (173 comments)

Well, I certainly don't. As far as I am concerned, it is the same attitude you hear when people say "But we have to do something!!!". It doesn't work. Don't bother. Use a more secure browser. Use an ad-blocker. Have a decent firewall installed. These will help. Perhaps you can enlighten us on which Antivirus program you use on the networks you manage. Then tell us which infections it stopped. I have customers who own solutions from Symantec, VIPRE, Kaspersky, McAfee, AVG, Avira, and Trend (among others I won't take the time to recall). Invariably, those who insist on using IE get infected the most. I have encountered some who get compromised or scammed while using Firefox or Chrome (99% of the time with no ad blocker installed). Not only do the AV packages not stop the infection, but looking in their "quarantine" I never find anything more than tracking cookies. The first rootkit, virus, or whatever that the package encountered was not only not stopped, but crippled the AV.

Often, the AV package is still intact enough to interfere with the proper progress of a legitimate mitigation tool like ComboFix, though.

The customers I have who never get infected? Yeah, they're using Macintoshes, running OS versions between 10.5 and 10.8. Occasionally I see a Mac user who has been tricked into installed MacKeeper (bogus maintenance software) when they don't have an ad-blocker installed. Simple to remove without extra software.

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printers For Peace Contest

Vidar Leathershod MOD PARENT UP (273 comments)

Fantastic points, highly insightful. It's funny how the dogma they feed you in the school systems talks about McCarthy's witch hunts, and then ignore the fact that much of what he claimed was actually correct (see Venona Project - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venona_project).

about a year and a half ago
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Lenovo To Drop Iomega Brand On Joint EMC Products

Vidar Leathershod I never understood why Iomega was so popular. (58 comments)

It always struck me that Zip drives became so ubiquitous. I looked at them briefly for my own use, and chose the Syquest EZ135 instead. The Syquest had a transfer rate 4 times the speed of the Zip drive, and the access time was half that of Zip. About the same cost for drive and cartridges, but 35MB more data per cartridge. Considering my internal drive was a 40MB SCSI drive, that was something. I swear that sometimes the Syquest felt faster than my internal SCSI drive, though I never benchmarked it.

They always mounted, unlike Zips which sometimes had seating difficulties. Later, when Jaz came out, for the same price you could get the Syjet. A faster drive and 50% more storage. Not as reliable as EZ135, but then again, JAZ was a reliability disaster. Oh, well.

about a year and a half ago

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Keysure: Good for storing passwords.

Vidar Leathershod Vidar Leathershod writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Vidar Leathershod (41663) writes "I recently had the opportunity to use a very cleverly designed product. I needed a solution to give a customer's employees emergency access to a password for a server, so that when their admin was on vacation or unavailable (hit by a bus, whatever), and if I was unavailable, they could access a server if they had a maintenance issue.

Looking at many of the secure key storage and "loaning" systems, I found that there were tons of very expensive, highly complex products that we didn't need. Many were electronic, and had tons of "features" that seemed to make them less versatile. I also found a very simple device, which fit our price target (cheap!) that filled all of the requirements. It's a little plastic box that snaps closed. It's not tamper-proof, it's tamper-evident. The product's web page talks a lot about keys being managed for apartments and the like, but it is also mentions things like passwords, and the almighty emergency petty cash stash.

I ordered some of these, and tested them for tamperability. They aren't hard to break, but I have yet to figure out how one can open them without showing evidence of such. I stopped trying, because I think it fits my needs perfectly.

Here's how they work:

1. You put something in the little plastic containment area.
2. You snap the cover on (make sure you have what you want in there, there's no going back)
3. You label it, or sign it, or whatever (it has an inkable surface)
4. If someone needs it, they they perform sweet glorious destruction on it (i.e. step on it)
5. They retrieve the password, and screw up the server
6. You return from vacation. You fix the server, yell at everybody, and change the password.
7. Grab and use another plastic doohickey for the new password.

Seriously, though, I could have used one of these while in Brattleboro, VT. Instead, when I got back to cell phone world, I had dozens of messages on my machine. Yes, there was someone covering for me, but they were unavailable for whatever reason (we operate in remote areas with limited cell service).

What I think is so perfect about these things is the simplicity. Frills are a minimum, though you can apparently get attractive metal or wood cabinets for them, and label tags, and all that stuff. Still cheap, but we only need a couple of dozen. They seem to do a bit of business with Landlords who need the ability to access an apartment with accountability. But I am impressed with how well they adapt to the technical world of having very few people with admin access. You can find these doohickeys on http://keysure.net/ for $6.60. Much less than spending literally thousands on a crazy contraption that will surely require more tech support when someone needs to use it. I have contacted the manufacturer, and recommended they contact ThinkGeek, as I think a lot of other admins would like to take a vacation as well."
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Michael Crichton passes away at 66

Vidar Leathershod Vidar Leathershod writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Vidar Leathershod (41663) writes "Michael Crichton, the author of many novels, has passed away aged 66, after a battle with cancer. Hollywood took much inspiration from his stories, and in later years his lecture "Aliens Cause Global Warming", speeches on Science as a religion, and novel "A State of Fear" caused an uproar among supporters of the theory of Global Warming, and earned him a lot of scorn from some Slashdotters. Hopefully, everyone can agree on a net positive effect from his life, as he brought many weeks of entertainment with his books."

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